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AP Photo of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard

John Doe’s Blog [1]
Sunday, Sept 6, 2009

Comment: This is the reality that the US military does not want you to see, fake beheadings and GI Joe on the other hand are compulsive viewing.

Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard Was Struck by a Rocket-Propelled Grenade in Afghanistan.

Robert Gates, a Defense Secretary expressed disappointment Friday at news outlets taken and distributed by The Associated Press that used a picture depicting a U.S. Marine mortally wounded in combat in Afghanistan.

Despite personal pleas from Gates and the dead Marine’s family, The AP distributed the picture in a case that illustrated the difficult decisions in reporting on a conflict where Americans have seen relatively few images of fallen U.S. troops over eight years.



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Aug. 14, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow U.S. Marines after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Bernard was transported by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck where he later died of his wounds. 

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The picture created by AP photographer Julie Jacobson, showed Lance Cpl. Joshua “Bernie” Bernard, 21, lying on the ground with severe leg injuries after being struck by a grenade in an ambush on Aug. 14, his fellow Marines tending to him. Bernard later died of his wounds.

To AP President and CEO Tom Curley, Gates wrote a strongly worded letter on Thursday, saying it was a matter of “judgment and common decency” not to use the photo. A Pentagon spokesman said Gates followed up with a phone call “begging” Curley not to use it.

The Pentagon released its communications with the AP, after the photo was published Friday.